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Local State Forests Worth Visiting in Franklin County

Living in Franklin County, Massachusetts, we don't have to go far to find pristine waters, gorgeous landscapes, and remote places to relax in nature. In fact, we don't even have to leave the county! Check out these local state forests which offer hiking, canoeing, fishing, camping, and more! 

Kenneth Dubuque State Forest PlainfieldKenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest

Located on West Hawley Road in Plainfield, Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest (pictured right) offers 35 miles of mixed-use trails. Hiking, mountain-biking, and snowmobiling are all permitted activities in the state forest, as long as you remain on the marked trails. You can also relax and fish at Hallockville Pond, where you will find the remains of an old mill. Other remains of the past include cellar holes from abandoned village of South Hawley and a rare fieldstone "beehive" charcoal kiln. More information here.

Catamount State Forest

Catamount State Forest is a part of the former village of Colrain, Catamount. Catamount was the site of the first schoolhouse to fly the United States Flag in 1812. Now, much of Catamount is public land, although part of it is private property so beware of no trespassing signs. The former roads of Catamount are no mostly accessible by foot, mountain bike, or snowmobile. Trails lead up to a beautiful pond, not suitable for swimming, but great for canoeing to its islands. More info here.

Erving State Forest

Erving State Forest is a beautiful forest and campground located on Route 2 in Erving. The park supports a variety of outdoor recreational activities. You can hike, bike, or snowmobile along the 8-miles of forest roads and trails, go boating, swimming, or fishing at the pristine Laurel Lake, and camp at the easily accessed campgrounds. Camping is $17/night for Massachusetts residents and $27/night for non-residents. Parking fees (only applicable Memorial Day through Labor Day) are $8/day for Massachusetts residents and $15/day for non-residents. More info here.

Mohawk Trail State Forest

Also on Route 2/Mohawk Trail, but on the other side of Interstate 91, lies 6,000 acres of mountain ridges, gorges, and woods that compose the Mohawk Trail State Forest. Right along the Deerfield River, there are plenty of great swim spots and miles of river to canoe and kayak. Bring your own tent to camp or stay in one of their cabins. There are grills, a pavilion, and picnic areas on site. More information here.
 

Escape the Cold at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory South DeerfieldDuring this time of year, in the middle of winter in New England, the cold can start to get to me a little bit. When that happens, I like to escape to an oasis from the cold in South Deerfield, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory. The conservatory is 8,000 square-feet and houses nearly 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies. The butterflies can flutter among various tropical plants and flowers and small ponds which hold Japanese Carp, or Koi fish. If you’re lucky, a butterfly might even land on you! The best part is: they keep the conservatory at tropical temperatures, so you can enjoy the warmth, even when it’s wintry weather outside.

Magic Wings also has a gift shop to purchase some butterfly souvenirs, outdoor gardens for the warmer weather, and a food court. They offer the option to host events in their facilities, as well, such as weddings, birthday parties, meetings, or other private parties.

Magic Wings is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. The cost of admission is $16.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 17. They also offer discounts for seniors and students. So if you need an escape from winter without taking a flight, just drive to Magic Wings in South Deerfield.

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Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory South Deerfield MA     Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory South Deerfield

How to Get Outside This Winter in Franklin County

We still have a few months until Spring, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay cooped up inside the house until then! Break through the cabin fever and head out to these local gems in Franklin County for outdoor adventuring in the snow.

Berkshire East

Berkshire East Mountain Resort has activities year round. But in the winter, it is the best local mountain, located right in Charlemont, MA! It is a great beginner mountain but has trails for those more advanced as well. They offer lessons for snowboarding and skiing and have high quality equipment rentals. You can also take a fun ride on a tube at their snow tubing park. Afterwards, warm up inside the Crazy Horse Bar and Grill for some good food and drinks.

Stump Sprouts

If sometimes you prefer a slower pace through the snow, then head over to Stump Sprouts Cross Country Ski Center, just up the road from Berkshire East in Hawley, MA. There you can cross country ski or snowshoe with beautiful expansive views of rural northwestern Massachusetts.

Northfield Mountain

For more great cross country adventuring with different views, check out Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area. Located on Route 63 in Northfield, they have 25 miles of trails groomed for classical and freestyle skiing. There, you can rent skis and snowshoesand take a lesson with a ski instructor. They also have trailside warming huts and a cozy base area yurt. Visit them Wednesday through Sunday 9 am to 4:30 pm.

 

Visit shelburnefalls.com or franklincc.org for more ideas on how to stay active this winter!

 

Come to an Open House This Saturday for 94 S Deerfield Road in Conway MA

You’re invited to view this charming antique Farmhouse this Saturday, June 2 from 12-2 pm.  Admire the recently completed renovations. Well-known Integrity Builders rebuilt one end of the home and constructed a fabulous second floor bonus room that features a beautiful staircase, wood floors, cathedral ceiling and westerly views. This wonderful space is bright and cheery and perfect for a studio, bedroom, or home office. In addition a 1 car attached garage was added with new entry including a laundry area and tile floors. The main house has a large eat-in kitchen with Ashfield stone countertops, vintage sink, and new appliances. Dining room with built-in cabinet, 3 bedrooms one with walk-in closet, 1 ½ baths, wood floors, updated electrical panel, Buderus heating system and Comcast internet. It has a picturesque back yard, surrounded by nice landscape and lovely flowers. Conveniently located near downtown, library, park, bank, town swimming pool and less than 20 min to I-91 and Shelburne Falls.

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Contact Wanda today at 413-768-9848 or Wanda@WandaMooney.com

 

Solid Built Cape Style Home For Sale in Heath

Solid built Cape style home situated on 15 acres with a large front deck that overlooks seasonal hillside views! Whether you are looking for a starter home or getaway place this is ready for you to move in and enjoy just in time for the summer season. It has a great floor plan with room for expansion. There is a good size kitchen that is open to the dining and living area, 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath. There is a spacious walk up attic that could easily be finished for additional living space. In addition there is a a full walk out basement that is perfect for storage or workshop, hardwood floors, propane heat, and cedar siding. Located near plenty of popular recreational activities including Berkshire East Ski Resort, white water rafting, fly fishing, mountain bike trails, and so much more. It is near Shelburne Falls, 1/2 hour to Mount Snow, and not far from the Berkshires.

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Call Wanda today for details and to set up a showing appointment at 413-768-9848

Colrain Artists Open Their Doors This Weekend!

Colrain, Massachusetts is a beautiful town in northern Franklin County, just below the Vermont line. The town draws many artists who seek inspiration from its natural beauty. There are so many artists, in fact that each year they all come together to host Crafts of Colrain Open Studio Tour. Grab a map and a friend and take a tour around Colrain this Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12.

18 artisans will open their doors to showcase their art and offer live viewings of their processes. Their crafts include woodwork, fiber art, metalwork, painting, pottery, and more. One particular artist whose work I always enjoy is Ruby Rice. She creates visionary healing arts ranging from pillows to wall hangings to notecards and more. Her sanctuary and gallery has the feel of a chapel and is meant to comfort and make guests feel at home.

For more information and to download a free map and schedule, visit www.craftsofcolrain.com.

Rustic Contemporary For Sale located in Charlemont, Mass

Nestled in the woods on a quiet country road is this charming Contemporary Style Saltbox home that is ready for immediate occupancy. It does need some work but well worth your efforts. The interior has a large living area with cathedral ceiling, galley kitchen, dining area, first floor master bedroom, and study. The second floor has two bedrooms and a full bath. In addition it has exposed beams, deck, 1 1/2 baths, and oil hot water baseboard heat. The location is perfect for those who love the outdoors. It is located 5 minutes from the Berkshire East Ski Area that offers downhill skiing, mountain bike trails, alpine slide and ziplines. Also nearby is whitewater rafting, fly fishing, hiking, cross country skiing and more! You are 15 minutes from Shelburne Falls and less than an hour from the Berkshires. Whether you are looking for a second home or year round living in the country, come take a look at this one. $149,000

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Looking for a Getaway? 3 Great Choices

A river stone walkway leads you to a sweet and charming Post & Beam cottage that is nestled in the woods and sited on top of a knoll overlooking a beautiful countryside setting.  You cross a wooden bridge to access the secluded and tranquil 4.6 acre site that has mature trees, stonewall, and seasonal views of the hills beyond.   Local lumber was used to frame this solid structure and all the posts and beams are exposed throughout.  It features a good size kitchen that is open to the living area, wood stove, sliding glass door, radiant heat, spiral staircase, 2 bedrooms and a full bath.   It is easy to maintain and  energy efficient.  The location is ideal for those who love the outdoors.  The Green River is right up the road and is a destination for fishing and swimming. It is also near many recreation and culture activities including the Berkshire East Ski Area where you have alpine sliding, mountain biking, zip lines and downhill skiing 15 minutes from Greenfield and Shelburne Falls. $199,000

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If you are looking for complete privacy and all you can hear is the sounds of nature, this perfect Heath hideaway is one you must see.  Ideal spot for hiking, hunting, snowmobiling, horseback riding and more.  The picturesque 28 acres is located at the end of a town maintained road.  There are two open meadows with good size barn, 2 sheds, pond and beautiful stonewalls.  The rustic interior of the home is charming and cozy.  It has a country style kitchen with antique cookstove, soap stone sink, refrigerator and gas stove.  The kitchen is open to the dining and living area with vaulted ceiling, woodstove and sliding glass doors to a new deck.  In addition there are 3 bedrooms, full bath, and a large mudroom with washing machine.  It is well maintained and ready for you to move in and enjoy.  This is a fabulous piece of property and one you would love to own.  Call today for more information and come take a look! $174,900

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$45,000 buys this affordable getaway in excellent condition.  The 2006 32ft Sprinter Trailer is sited on a .25 lot with frontage and views right on Papoose Pond in Mohawk Beach Estates.   This is one of the few lots that is located on a town maintained road which allows for easy access year round.  The trailer is neat as a pin and features a good size kitchen, dining/living area, 2 bedrooms and a full bath.  The owners built a solid roof structure over the trailer with a fabulous porch and deck area that is ideal for BBQ and entertaining.  In addition it comes with your own private dock and a storage shed.  Mohawk Estates offers swimming, fishing, recreation hall, and a pavilion!  It is located near many recreation activities including snowmobiling, downhill skiing, mountain bike riding, hiking, rafting and more.  If you are looking for a getaway that requires minimum maintenance and no work, come take a look at this one.  You won't be disappointed.

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